Natural Helpers are “helpers” who community members “naturally” turn to for help. These individuals are highly respected for their knowledge of available resources and services and can assist when a bilingual person is needed to help interact with the broader community.
Those who apply for our Natural Helper program should be individuals who already assist their fellow neighbors who also have connections with immigrant communities. We can help these individuals learn to better serve the members of their community and develop their leadership skills.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Natural Helper, please read the information below, fill out the form and submit it. You may call (317) 808-2326 for more information.
- Hold a legal status in the U.S.
- Demonstrate bilingual skills and be able to read and write in their native language and English.
- Have a history of serving members of an immigrant or refugee community in Indianapolis that struggles to meet basic needs and be a person community members turn to for help.
- Be knowledgeable about community activities and members.
- Be able to provide references.
- Attend a mandatory 36-hour training program. Classes are held in the evenings or on weekends.
- Attend ongoing monthly training. Sessions take place on weeknights or weekends.
- File confidential reports online about their work with clients.
- Volunteer to serve in the community and at Immigrant Welcome Center events.
- Be passionate about working with people and have a strong desire to grow their leadership and facilitation skills.